Knapp / UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic
A spacious new Knapp Medical Center / UT Health RGV Family Health Center
between Mercedes and Weslaco is serving Valley patients with a wide variety
of health care services for all ages, offering preventive medicine; management
of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other conditions;
assistance with weight loss; physicals; wellness exams; and behavioral
This “mega-doctors’ office” treats adult patients of
all ages, including seniors -- as well as children, teens and newborn
babies. The clinic is conveniently located right off Expressway 83 at
the N. Mile 2 West Rd. exit in Mercedes (across the street from Med High
and Science Academy, at 2810 W. Expressway 83, Mercedes TX 78570).
The clinic is staffed by more than 15 family practice doctors who see patients
in 18 exam rooms. The clinic is convenient in that with so many doctors
to serve patients, patients do NOT need to make an appointment, but can
just walk in, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For patients
who do want to make an appointment, the phone number to call is (956)
734-9067. Patients can also utilize a 24-hour answering service by calling
the same number, (956) 734-9067.
The clinic accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans.
The clinic is under the direction of Dr. Miguel Tello, Program Director
for the Knapp Medical Center / UT Health RGV Family Practice Residency
Program. The ultra-large, 13,800-square-foot clinic is part of a historic
new program for the Mid-Valley -- as it represents an expansion of medical
education into the Mid-Valley.
“The Knapp / UTRGV Family Practice Residency Program will help create
more opportunities in the Mid-Valley for those who would like to receive
training as family medicine physicians,” said Rene J. Lopez, Chief
Executive Officer for Knapp Medical Center.
“In addition, the educational and clinical components of this exciting
project will be great assets for the entire Mid-Valley, thanks to our
partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine,
the City of Mercedes, and the Knapp Community Care Foundation,”
Mr. Lopez added.
First Group of 6 Family Practice Residents
Six family practice residents formed the inaugural class for the program,
beginning in 2017: Dr. Miguel A. Sanchez Rivas, Dr. Marita del Pilar Sanchez
Sierra Marino, Dr. Diego Moreno, Dr. Eliana Costantino Burgazzi, Dr. Eddy
Berges, and Dr. Carolina Gomez de Ziegler. Pictured with the residents
above (in the center) is Dr. Miguel Tello, Program Director (photo by Paul Chouy / UTRGV).
Dr. Tello noted that this first group of residents is an experienced group
of physicians, who have served patients in various settings – ranging from
colonias in the Valley to remote jungles and other challenging environments in
South America and elsewhere.
One of the residents, Dr. Eddy Berges, who practiced medicine in the Dominican
Republic and Puerto Rico before coming to the Valley, noted that family
medicine physicians provide a wide range of services, including preventive
health, to people of all ages, ranging from children to senior adults.
“I think it’s a very complete specialty where you can take
care of everything for a person, for her environment, and her family,”
added Dr. Carolina Gomez de Ziegler, who practiced medicine in Venezuela
before coming to the Rio Grande Valley.
In addition to helping patients with physical conditions, the clinic also
provides mental health services. Jennifer Ortega, DPC, LPC, CPC, CCATP,
a doctoral-level licensed professional counselor, behavioral scientist
and assistant professor with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
School of Medicine, is available for appointments with those dealing with
anxiety, depression, grief, and other mental health conditions.
• Preventive Medicine
• Diabetes Management
• Management of High Blood Pressure
• Weight Loss
• Sports Physicals
• College Physicals
• Pre-Conception Care
• Pap smears
• Wellness Exams
• Pregnancy Tests
• Worker’s Comp
• Commercial Driver License (CDL) Physicals
• COPD Treatment
• RSV / Flu / Strep Tests
• Glucose Checks
• Coumadin Checks
• Surgical Clearance
• Inter-professional care
• Sports Medicine
• Hospital Care
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: (956) 734-9067 (with 24-hour answering service)
Mary Hirschmann, Regional Director of Practice Operations, Knapp Medical Center
Alexandra Smith, GME Program Coordinator for the Knapp / UTRGV Family Practice
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